The central government has pushed the deadline for footwear industry to follow BIS standards. According to these standards, the deadline for making footwear has been made on 1 July next year. Earlier this deadline was only till October 29 this year. On the orders of Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, the Department of Industry and Internal Trade Promotion (DPIIT) has issued notifications.
National President of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) Mr. BC Bhartia and National General Secretary Mr. Praveen Khandelwal said that as per the notifications issued, now the deadline for wearing footwear as per the standards and wearing a license from Bureau of Indian Standards will be given next year 1 It is done by July. According to Kat, the country’s footwear trade and industry will grow rapidly.
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Due to this, there was a demand to increase the deadline
India’s footwear industry is still based on artisans rather than machines while manufacturing units will have to be upgraded to comply with BIS standards. According to Bhartia and Khandelwal, the footwear trade and industry at this time did not have the capabilities and other necessary facilities to comply with BIS standards, so many footwear associations from across the country had requested to increase the deadline. CAT accepted this request and requested Union Minister Piyush Goyal to give the government some more time to follow the BIS standards.
Kat will help upgrade the footwear industry
With the deadline extended, Kat will now help footwear manufacturers and trade organizations to establish footwear complexes and footwear components parts wherever footwear clusters are located. Apart from this, CAT will also help in procurement of necessary machinery, technical know-how, setting up of footwear designing centers and testing laboratories. CAT will also urge the government to cooperate if needed.
India is the world’s second largest leather producer
India is the second largest global producer of footwear after China. 13% of global footwear production is from India. India produces various categories of footwear. Leather shoe production is low. In India, about 909 million pairs of leather shoes are produced, while about 105.6 million pairs of non-leather shoes are produced. Apart from this, 10 crore pieces of leather shoes are prepared here. Around 206.5 million pairs of shoes are produced in India. Talking about exports, about 115 million footwear is exported from India.
The domestic footwear industry in India is worth about $ 320 million (Rs 23,615 crore) and it is growing at a rate of 11–12 per cent annually.